Gill Aitken

Programme Director for the PG Cert/PG Dip/MSc Clinical Education


I am the Programme Director of the MSc in Clinical Education. This role involves leading, development and oversight of the entire programme; as well as teaching, assessment, student support and dissertation supervision.

I am also the School Director of Quality for the Edinburgh Medical School

I have many years teaching and clinical experience. Before joining the MSc Clinical Education in September 2010 I have worked at Queen Margaret University (distance nurse education and inter-professional education), Glasgow Caledonian University (lecturer in dietetics) and Edinburgh Napier University (researcher in diabetes). As I dietitian, I specialised in the management of diabetes and obesity, leading the out-patient service at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.


1989   BSc (Hons) Biochemistry, City of London Polytechnic

1991   Postgraduate Diploma Dietetics, Leeds Polytechnic

             State Registered Dietitian

2005   MSc Professional Education, Queen Margaret University

             Fellow Higher Education Academy

2016   Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy

Responsibilities & affiliations

Registrant: Health & Care Professions Council